PAWS Clinic Cat and Kitten Spaying Program Continues with $13,000 Grant – The News Herald

A popular cat spaying program that targets female cats and their juvenile kittens is coming back to Taylor’s PAWS Clinic, thanks to a $13,000 grant.

With the “Family Affair” promotion, kittens 8 to 24 weeks old can be neutered or spayed and receive a rabies vaccine (kittens 12 weeks and older) and a distemper vaccine, for $5 per kitten.

The clinic’s veterinarians will determine if the kittens meet the age requirements based on their weight and the development of their teeth.

To qualify, the owner must neuter the mother cat at the same time the kittens are neutered and must pay the full price of $75 for the mother. A current rabies vaccine is also required for the mother cat and will be administered at the time of surgery for an additional $20 if not already current.

This is the fourth time the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, has funded the Family Affair program. To date, 168 mother cats and 536 kittens have been sterilized through the program.

“This generous new funding from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust will allow us to spay and vaccinate at least 200 kittens and ensure their mothers are also spayed,” said Terra Muscat, the clinic’s executive director. “The timing of the funding couldn’t be better given that we are in the middle of kitten season, the time of year when cats are breeding at an overwhelming rate. Kitten season usually brings an overflow of animal shelters and rescue groups, as there are usually more kittens born than there are homes available for them.

Kitten season usually begins in early spring and continues until the weather turns colder in the fall. According to Muscat, during this period a mother cat can produce up to three or four litters of kittens in a single season.

Kittens can become sexually mature as early as 4 months old and can be safely neutered as early as 8 weeks old, as long as they weigh 2 pounds.

“A lot of people think their kittens won’t be able to breed until they’re at least a year old, or that the siblings won’t mate with each other or with their parents,” said Taylor Fisher, veterinarian at the PAWS clinic. . “None of these myths are true, and waiting too long to get kittens fixed can mean a nasty surprise in the form of an unexpected litter.”

The “Family Affair” promotion will run as long as funds are available. To schedule an appointment with your feline family, call the PAWS Clinic between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at 313-451-8200 and leave a message.

Appointment requests are only accepted on Mondays during these hours.

Clinic staff will return calls as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. This promotion cannot be combined with any other promotion offered by the clinic and does not apply to “community” cats (feral or stray cats that live outdoors full time). The clinic has other funds available to subsidize the cost of community cats.

Taylor PAWS Clinic staff members cuddle a mother cat and her five 8-week-old kittens who came as a family to be neutered at the clinic when the “Family Affair” program began a few years ago. (Photo courtesy of PAWS Clinic)

The PAWS Clinic, 21210 Goddard Road, Taylor, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce animal homelessness and unnecessary euthanasia by making available to the community with affordable, high-quality sterilization services. Since the clinic opened in September 2011, over 74,000 dogs and cats have been neutered or neutered by the PAWS Clinic. For more information, visit thepawsclinic.com or find them on Facebook.

The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust is a private foundation focused on preventing animal cruelty and promoting the humane treatment of animals, especially companion animals such as dogs and cats, and other species of animals. animals commonly kept as pets. The foundation also supports efforts to protect the welfare of urban and suburban wildlife, captive exotic wildlife, farm animals, working animals, and nonhuman animals in general. It continues in perpetuity the generosity to animals in need that Kenneth Allen Scott showed during his lifetime, helping those who care for them today.